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Mental Health and Wellbeing - Participating and thriving in our workplaces

Good work is good for our mental health and wellbeing. It’s about participating and thriving in our workplaces. Participation in work gives us something meaningful to do and something to look forward to. Work gives us identity, social connections, sense of community and financial security.

Mental ill health can stand in the way. Too many workers are missing out on work due to mental ill health. We will all be touched by mental ill health at some stage in our lives and we need to be able to welcome and support people with mental ill health into our workplaces.

  • 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health condition.
  • The typical age of onset for mental ill health is late teens to early 20s.
  • There are a large number of workers who are carers for family or friends with mental ill health.

Getting mental health and wellbeing at work right leads to increased worker job satisfaction, engagement, productivity, improved mental health and wellbeing and leads to less workplace injury and workers’ compensation claims.


Page last updated: 26 Apr 2019